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Building Bridges to Peace and Prosperity
August 2003

In August 2003, BEPS helped USAID bring together its partners from many countries, many sectors, and many organizations to participate in its biennial education and training workshop. The 2003 workshop, Building Bridges to Peace and Prosperity: Education and Training for Action, built on the success of 2001’s No One Left Behind workshop. The workshop was designed for USAID staff, USAID partners, and other development practitioners to exchange information, learn about new tools and technologies, and explore how the use of education and training can contribute to the success of development strategies in other sectors. The workshop was held August 11-15, 2003 in Washington, DC at The George Washington University’s Marvin Center.

Recognizing that human capacity development forms the foundation for social stability, effective local governance, sustained economic growth, sound agriculture and healthy communities, this workshop underscored the role that education and training play as a bridge to collaboration across sectors. Multi-sectoral collaboration has proven essential to promoting effective development strategies that support society’s quest for peace and prosperity.

Through the workshop, participants collaborated with hundreds of colleagues from around the world working in all sectors of development. Participants shared vital information about program successes and lessons learned, discussed new trends and insights, and developed relationships that will help to build the bridges that contribute to greater peace and prosperity. Participants became prepared to take a leadership role in applying the knowledge that they’ve gained to strengthen and expand the impact of their work. USAID staff and partners were able to return to their posts renewed, enriched, and energized by what was learned in frank and enlightening discussion sessions.

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